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s-l300We know that dream symbolism is a language all its own. And if we are able to learn to translate that language, the information available to us in our dreams becomes dramatically more detailed and usable. Here is a great example of this: just the opening setup of a dream, the time, the place, and the characters, all contribute to creating the backdrop for an internal conversation that is meant to benefit us, and give us an insight into what we are processing in our life. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Carol: Okay, so here’s the first. So I’m in a beautiful house with very, very large windows and a lake. And I have a monkey, a baby monkey, and I also have puppies around me, but really the monkey I’m holding.

John: Let’s just stop right there. I’ll explain a little bit of the symbolism. So, the large windows in the house have two meanings. One meaning is, window like that, is like a type of illusionary veil. It’s like an illusionary veil, but you can see out of it so the flip side of that is that it’s meant, when you break that, to have a greater perspective of sight.

And then when you have the lake itself out front, a lake represents a quality of stillness. In a Rumi poem, when you have a wind that blows over the lake, that causes the waves, that causes a froth, that froth, then, is considered a vibration. And that vibration then rises up, and that becomes something in manifestation, that can rise up to even be a human being, meaning a vibration that has to live itself out is the implication of that.

So when you see the lake you are seeing something that is meant to reach a point of stillness. Now you have a quality that’s jumping around inside of you, that keeps this from being like a literal thing for you – and it’s the monkey. You like the monkey. The monkey is your trickster.

Now how is it that you see the monkey? That’s how I would say it, but the monkey means something even more for you. How do you see the monkey?

Carol: Actually, when you said that, it made me laugh because I think you got the feeling of it. In the dream I just loved him.

John: That’s correct. I know that. You love the monkey, and somehow letting go of the monkey, integrating this monkey into yourself, the vibratory beingness of this monkey into yourself, this is an aspect of shamanism.

Shamans believe that a person can benefit if they can catch up with their animal spirit. And a shaman believes that each person has a particular given loudness of an animal spirit, maybe a person is an eagle, or he’s a lion or something, and that if you can access the vibration of that animal spirit you can use that vibration in which to learn. In other words, it has a kind of prima materia effect, a lower-self prima materia effect, in terms of helping you transform.

But instead of it just floating around in there and being part of you, that’s kind of, okay, this is my personality and you haven’t caught up with the whole fullness of that characteristic. Instead of it floating around like that, a shaman believes that you take and you bring that to a real loud epiphany and then you can use that as a seeing tool.

In other words, you’re seeing through the eyes of the monkey, or seeing through the eyes of the lion. And so that’s why you have such symbolism that comes down from things like there’s medicine cards, don’t use them as medicine cards, but just use the meaning behind each animal. And the very best descriptions of the meanings behind each animal is brought through from Native Americans that used to relate and, as a culture, was closer to the naturalness of the outer; like a horse represents power, just to give you an idea.

Everything represents something in terms of an animal essence inside of you. To me, I infer the monkey as representing something of a bit of a trickster inside of you, which can cause you to vacillate from a deeper clarity. And that trickster is important. That trickster is important because, as you bring that quality to you, it actually helps you. It has a lower self negative side. It has a higher self positive side in that you bring that to a depth of wholeness inside of yourself, and then you can see with that. In other words, the trickster doesn’t confuse you in relationship to the expanse looking out the window at the quality of the lake. You can feel then the dance of the trickster, and you can use that as a medium. In other words, it’s a type of lower-self vibratoriness.

And the lake represents a higher-self total stillness, if you are able to be totally still as a lake. And in that lake you put a drop into that lake; you cannot pull that same drop out again because it’s in the wholeness. And yet the dancing around of the monkey is still separate from that wholeness of that lake, so it’s a type of vibratory state, thus a kind of trickster.

And you go through the vibratory states to get to the stillness. And so you have the stillness that’s meant to emerge, you have big windows that you can peer out into the wholeness of things, and then you’ve got the louder, louder thing, that’s why you love it, that’s why you really like it, lower-self trickster. You like this part of yourself.

It’s okay, and you should, like this part of yourself, but this doesn’t carry the final word on things. It’s just a quality that you can let go to. I’ll give you a similar thing here. It’s very similar to like, let’s say I’ve had just a super, super active day, and so I’m going to sit down and I’m going to try to meditate. Now I don’t know what meditation is, other than the fact that I hit a stillness. Now if I have this monkey energy jumping around inside of me, my thoughts are going wild about this, that, and the other and I’m trying to ponder and figure this out, and then having to sort this out in the heart in terms of where this is meaningful, and where this isn’t meaningful. Then I’m not going to hit the stillness.

The lake is that stillness. And yet if I don’t have that other jumping around, if I don’t have that, then nothing is going on. Then I kind of sit in a subjective state. In the, I think the name of the book is Kingdom of Man, the Ibn Arabi book, the scribe, the thing that goes back and forth that’s always right, in other words the monkey is always right in the highest level of seeing him, it goes back and forth, and that’s what that scribe is, that monkey is that scribe for you, or the scribe is that monkey for you. However you want to say that. It’s very interesting.

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vanishing-point_01Often, when someone, or something, is in need, we are at our best. We overcome the obstacles that are in the way because we understand what is at stake, and the importance of rising to the occasion. In the outer world, these situations can be easy to see. On an inner level we may only feel them very subtly but, as this dream image shows, the consequences can be just as dire. So our dreams can help us by showing us the importance of a connection. Here, a man drives a car across country to reach his family in need; what seeks to derail his journey is less important than reaching the goal. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: When I first woke up last night it was because I was coughing a lot, and it felt like rather than remember a dream I was just remembering a few minutes of a movie I’d watched before going to bed.

And the movie was about a man who was driving a classic car, a Dodge Charger, across the desert trying to get to his wife and daughter who were in the hospital. And he keeps having to evade policemen and others who chase him because they’re assuming if he’s going fast he must be… well, he’s either running into a speed trap, or he must be running drugs, he must be doing something else, you know, so everybody keeps getting after him from one state to another.

One person even chases him in a car that’s a black version of the white car that he’s driving, so it’s kind of a symbolic movie. And that movie just seemed to be on my mind a lot about the chase, plus my nephew has just gotten the same kind of a car, a Dodge Charger, which is kind of a muscle car, to restore, so I must have been associating it in some way.

And it just seemed to be this sensation of being in the desert because he was driving across Monument Valley and, you know, all the different colors like Monument Valley, you have a white car versus a black car, and the speed of it trying to chase. So, initially, it was like I was just trying to work with the cough and feeling sick, and then that movie was on my mind a lot. And then I had a dream.

John: So what you’re talking about, what you’re describing, what the energetic is, what you’re seeking to figure out, what you’re trying to close in on is a format, a methodology, a mannerism, a schematic upon which to proceed from A to B, between two points.

And so you’re still trying to sort that out in a way that comes across, so that it’s non-combative for one thing, meaning there is no chase or anything like that involved. 2) It’s not too fast for the situation, which means that you’re not creating a vacuum, or a desert kind of vibratoriness in which there’s nothing able to be denoted because your approach to yourself is out of twang with what is in the environment, is out of twine with connecting to what you need to connect to, that is in an environment.

In other words, the environment that you’re having to connect with is something that is needed, and there needs to be a relating in terms of that which is needed, which is in a hospital. And so what’s happening in terms of catching up with the, we’ll call it, hospitalized side of yourself is you have to find the right tone, space, mannerism, speed or however you want to say it.

Basically the overreaching schematic of the dream was that of, how do you come up with the means of communication that is able to make something, bring something clearly through, in a knowable way?

And so what you’re doing with this energetic of the dream is you’re looking at the characteristics, or mannerisms, in which your listening center is adhering through a process, or a flow, that needs to be aligned, that needs to be in sync more with bringing something from A to B. That’s what you’re doing is you’re playing with this A to B, and the way you’re playing with it yet is more of a kind of mystery.

In other words, the dream is there to cause something to sort, or streamline, in a way that facilitates a going from A to B. And to facilitate that, you have to contend with whatever there is that’s a discombobulation in bringing that clearly through. And so you’re working on sorting that out in your dream.

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Shane Turpin

It can be confusing, sometimes, to ask ourselves: who is the real me? Because there is a part of us that looks out for us, that guides us, and that can warn us of impending danger – yet it can feel separate from our normal conscious thought patterns. And because of that, we often don’t listen to that voice, or trust it. But that voice is yet more proof, like the guidance of dreams, that our systems are looking out for us and want the best possible outcome for us. In fact that voice is us, but we are estranged from it by having lost connection with our full complex by relying only on our brain. We can change that, however, by listening and responding to that inner guidance more and more. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: In the next dream it feels like I’m living somewhere, it feels almost tropical because the house is that kind of house you see in the tropics that’s kind of one level, and kind of open to the outdoors a bit. And I’m with my great niece and her husband, and I’m in a hurry.

Things are a little bit in disarray and I have to go somewhere, and I have to find some clothes. And so I borrow some Bermuda shorts that actually belong to her husband, and put them on, because I’m in a hurry. And they don’t fit perfectly, but they fit well enough to wear wherever it is I have to go.

And I remember we’re all a little amused by that, but they seem okay. And I’m just kind of in a hurry, so they’ll do. And then I have something to wear where I’m going and we can sort out the rest of the clothing, and the picking up we have to do, when I get back from wherever I have to go.

John: So, when in a maze, it’s easy to adopt something that can work, in some seeming way, that isn’t necessarily natural to your makeup. And, when you do that, you can actually pass the buck, so to speak, in terms of coping with how it is that you’re able to recognize, see, hear, and know how something is able to be.

But another interesting facet, of the dreaming last night, is that it had a slingshot effect. In other words, you would dream something that isn’t necessarily as it should be, that is kind of a temporary-ism or something, or is kind of an action to make the best out of a situation when you’re not in sync with how you’re meant to be. And then making note of what that feels like in relationship to its differentiation of how it is meant to be.

The reason why you can dream like that, and look at life like that, is so that you’re able to hear when something isn’t right. In other words, you’re tuning in to how it is possible to open up a familiarity to the inflective language of a kind of guidance – but a guidance that is not directing you in saying this way, and that way. It’s directing you in a way that shows you how to hear the “no” inside of yourself.

So when you put on something that isn’t yours to get by temporarily, to the degree to which that is uneasy, because you know that it is not a permanent condition that you’re meant to sustain, which means that you can’t take and go to sleep and suddenly say, hey, I can make this work now, you are meant to be able to hear, on an energetic level, what it is like to be able to see when you’re being directed to stop, or to go in some other direction.

In other words, it’s one thing to dream where everything opens up. It’s easier to remember dreams like that, too. When everything’s opening up, and you’re getting gifts, and you’re being supported when you’re on a path that seems to be going somewhere.

It’s another thing to dream in a way in which there is kind of a stoppage, or stalemate, or thwarting of an unfoldment, which may have even been an unfoldment that was unfolding, but now has stopped. And you might not have quite been able to stop yet, and are still trying with the idea of this, that, or the other as if you still have these malingering ideas that this can get you by yet, or that this is still okay because it was okay, or deemed okay, at a given point temporarily, or momentarily, in time – but not now.

Can you hear that? Can you recognize that? Can you note that as you go about your affairs of living in the outer? Can you hear that innerness that is also there as a form of guidance, but instead of a guidance in a flow, it’s a guidance to stop you when you’re out of flow? Isn’t that interesting? That’s the theme of the dreaming last night. Isn’t that a strange subject?

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